Speakeasies transcend time and transport you to an era when Prohibition still existed and bars’ locations were classified information. For your next date, take your sweetie to one of Miami’s old-timey speakeasy bars and clubs for a secluded and very romantic night on the town. Can you keep a secret?
Regent Cocktail Club
Dress up in your best spats or peplum and pin curls, and step back in time to the 1940s (not exactly Prohibition, but close enough) at the wood-paneled Regent Cocktail Club. This dimly lit classic cocktail bar inside the Gale hotel features lots of quiet nooks and crannies where you can whisper sweet nothings to your love, or settle into the leather couches and listen to Rat Pack tunes. An evening here is like an intimate evening in your own private lounge: Bartenders dressed to the nines in tuxedos serve your drinks – such as the traditional Hemingway Daquiri – in crystal goblets on antique metal platters. This place will make you feel like Bogie and Bacall.
True speakeasies were hidden from view of passersby and the law, and Railroad Blues is keeping that tradition alive. From the outside, the bar’s door looks like a newsstand. But once inside you’ll feel like you and your date are taking a trip on a 1920s traincar. Heirloom luggage and industrial pipes line the walls, and bartenders wearing suspenders and bowler hats sling throwback cocktails, like the bathtub gin and tonic (house-infused gin and homemade tonic). To top off the old-timey vibe, live blues and rockabilly replaces the sounds of wheels clicking along the tracks.
FDR at Delano
This decadent underground bar is named for the president who repealed Prohibition and because of that, you’ll want to leave your inhibitions at the door. To get in, look for the Delano‘s special side entrance on 17th Street. A swanky doorman will lead you down to the club, and the whole place will remind you of the Rainbow Room, circa-1930. Grab a seat at one of the candlelit, velvet-lined booths and then a fruity drink from the gilded bar. There probably won’t be a swing band or a 24-hour marathon, but you can dance to DJ beats until the sun comes up – this place is open until 5 a.m.